Following my Visions of Saint Petersburg showing my excitement about Russia, here are my Visions of Moscow as a tribute to the capital of Russia. I had a terrific hotel right at the center, 5-min walk from the red square, Arbat Street, the Kremlin, and many other Moscovian highlights. Most times it was enough to just set off in a random direction and walk around to discover something wonderful.
All of the Moscow center is walkable, and there’s plenty to see. Architecture, art, extravagant shopping malls, posh bars, boutique restaurants, world-class museums, lots of religion with churches and monasteries, but also a marathon, street music, street artists, random fairs, open exhibitions, art colonies, canals and rivers, gorgeous parks, there’s something looming in every street and around every corner. Even if I had none of that, I could probably just spend hours observing the people – happy, loud, curious, with a sense of chic and style quite unique to this part of the world. Odd thing was, I’m a fairly tall guy and it took some time to get used to seeing tall girls supplementing their height further with trendy heels. Guys were also tall and pretty massive. I almost felt short at times – probably for the first time in my life.
All in all, it was a refreshing change from my reality of US-Canada the few months before.
Below are some of the obvious highlights, although my Moscovian adventures went far beyond these…
(Ботанический сад МГУ «Аптекарский огород»)
More on Moscow hopefully soon to follow…